February 25, 2024

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Empowering Indonesia’s Digital Workforce

The enhancement of digital capabilities in the workforce has become a pivotal point in addressing the challenges of the current digital era. It improves an organisation’s operational performance and provides a more decisive competitive edge in facing rapid changes.

In alignment with the vision of Indonesia Emas 2024, Indonesia has acknowledged the importance of accelerating digital transformation as a crucial part of its journey towards success. Various ministries have taken several concrete steps to encourage public participation in training to foster competent talents in the digital realm.

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The awareness of the significance of investing in enhancing digital skills in the workforce has become increasingly significant. It not only aids individual development but also makes a substantial contribution to improving the competitiveness of companies and the country as a whole in the rapidly evolving global digital economy.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Budi Arie Setiadi has launched a critical initiative to support digital transformation in Indonesia. Through the Digital Leadership Academy (DLA) programme, over a thousand digital leaders have received training to propel digital transformation by enhancing workforce capacity and human resources.

Fundamentally, digital transformation requires leadership that comprehends and masters digital aspects in every sector. Since 2021, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has initiated the DLA programme as a step in strengthening digital leadership in Indonesia. Budi Arie emphasised that this digital training programme is aimed at public and private leaders.

Through the DLA, executives, policymakers, and business actors are expected to formulate innovative policies, initiate digital transformation, and enhance the country’s digital economic competitiveness.

The digital era has brought an undeniable wave of change, highlighting the importance of having adequate digital skills in various aspects of life. The widespread transformation in many industrial sectors underscores the necessity for leaders who can adapt to these changes. Minister Budi Arie stresses that the current cultural shift is significantly underway, especially regarding remote working paradigms and an increasing reliance on data-driven decision-making.

In line with this cultural shift, digital skills have become increasingly crucial in the working world. The need for adequate digital skills extends beyond technology to manage information, understand data, and sustain innovation. This emphasises that adapting to technological changes and shifts in work culture is the key to success in the current digital era. In this context, analytical and creative skills remain crucial for a leader. According to Minister Budi Arie, leaders in the digital era must proactively enhance their skills to lead change effectively.

The Digital Leadership Academy programme features three schemes: Smart Digital Leader Indonesia Maju, Smart Digital Leader Makin Digital, and Smart Digital Leader Province. This was disclosed by an individual previously holding the position of Vice Minister for the Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration.

Furthermore, the Digital Leadership Academy programme collaborates with several partners, particularly renowned universities worldwide such as MIT, Cornell University, National University of Singapore, Tsinghua University, and others, solely to provide cutting-edge and relevant learning for facing digital transformation.

Minister Budi Arie Setiadi strongly supports this training. For him, enhancing digital capacity among leaders is a crucial foundation in advancing the country towards a broader digital transformation. He believed leaders skilled in the digital realm have significant potential to influence the direction of change and innovation in both the public and private sectors. “Leaders equipped with digital skills can address the paradigm shifts in the working world, design more inclusive policies, and strengthen digital economic competitiveness,” he expressed.

He stated that upskilling leaders in digital expertise is not just about understanding technology but is also related to readiness to face cultural shifts that increasingly adopt technology as an inseparable part of daily life. Leaders skilled in digital realms will play a central role in guiding organisations and communities to adopt the necessary changes to face this digital era.


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